12 Tips for Delicate Fabric

  1. To make cutting easier, it is possible to buy a fabric stabiliser spray which will make the fabric slightly stiffer and can be washed out after you have finished the project. However we do recommend that you test the spray on a small patch of fabric that you are will to throw away.
  2. Only cut one layer at a time, no matter how tempting it is to do more!
  3. If you do not want to use a fabric stabiliser another good idea is to layer the fabric between tissue paper, as this will stop it slipping as you cut.
  4. When you cut, use a weight rather than pins. When it comes to delicate fabrics, the fewer holes the better.
  5. If you plan to become a regular at sewing delicate fabrics, it is worth buying a pair or shears a rotary blade especially for them as thicker fabrics can dull the blades over time.
  6. Use a brand new needle, you don’t want to use a dull needle and run the risk of it snagging the fabric (trust me, I’ve been there)
  7. Also you want to use the smallest needle you can.
  8. However the good news is that you can still use normal sewing thread!
  9. If you’re brave enough to attempt button holes, using a small piece of interfacing in the area can make the world of difference.
  10. For delicate or sheer fabrics, the preferred seam is a ‘French Seam’ – you can learn more about it here.
  11. Be extremely careful not to stretch the fabric when you are feeding it through the machine.
  12. If you seam does stretch, don’t worry too much… using a steam iron on the area may shrink the fabric back into place.

So there you have it, Croft Mill’s 12  tips for sewing and cutting delicate fabrics. Feel free to share your tips by commenting on here or tweeting us @CroftMillFabic

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